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Monday, 25 July 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 207 CCR (2)

I posted about this particular album last year on this very day and make a small apology for doing so again. It's one of those albums that demands a hearing again and again.It was voted in 2003 at #265 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. But it really should have been higher than that I think. Ever since I first began really listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival this one has remained my favourite album of theirs.

As a kid I can always remember hearing CCR songs on the radio but it wasn't until the mid-eighties that I began really tracking down their albums. Cosmos Factory was the first one because Up Around The Bend was on it and I had loved the Hanoi Rocks cover for their Two Steps From The Move album. But the whole album is fantastic I think.

  Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fantasy (US)
Liberty (UK)
Released 25th July 1970
Produced by John Fogerty
US Chart #1
UK Chart #1
The Album was also #1in Australia, Canada, France and Norway.

Side One
 1. "Ramble Tamble"
2. "Before You Accuse Me" (Ellas McDaniel)
3. "Travelin' Band"
4. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner)
5. "Lookin' Out My Back Door"
6. "Run Through the Jungle"
Side Two        
1. "Up Around the Bend"
2. "My Baby Left Me" (Arthur Crudup)
3. "Who'll Stop the Rain"
4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong)
5. "Long as I Can See the Light"

This was CCR's fourth Top Ten Album and their second Number One (Green River from 1969 had made it to the top in the US). It is by far the best album the band had ever made and it's popularity is such that in 1990 it had received the honour of going Four Times Platinum by selling Four Million copies. 

The title of the album is taken from the warehouse in Berkley where the band were rehearsing called "The Factory" by Drummer Doug Clifford because it was the place everyday John Fogerty made the band practise.
Three Double A-Sided Singles were taken from the album (though two of them were released prior to the album in January and April of 1970). They had to be Double A-Sides because when you see the songs there is no way any of them could ever be a B-Side!

(January 1970 US Chart #2, UK Chart #8)
(April 1970 US Chart #4, UK Chart #3)
(July 1970 US Chart #2 UK Chart #2)

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!
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